1 But Tom did not wait for the rest.
2 Presently Tom checked his whistle.
3 The trouble vanished out of Tom's face.
4 Tom did play hookey, and he had a very good time.
5 But in spite of her, Tom knew where the wind lay, now.
6 He had a citified air about him that ate into Tom's vitals.
7 Tom's mouth watered for the apple, but he stuck to his work.
8 Tom chased the traitor home, and thus found out where he lived.
9 Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush.
10 At last the enemy's mother appeared, and called Tom a bad, vicious, vulgar child, and ordered him away.
11 She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
12 Bringing water from the town pump had always been hateful work in Tom's eyes, before, but now it did not strike him so.
13 Tom surveyed his last touch with the eye of an artist, then he gave his brush another gentle sweep and surveyed the result, as before.
14 Presently the confusion took form, and through the fog of battle Tom appeared, seated astride the new boy, and pounding him with his fists.
15 The more Tom stared at the splendid marvel, the higher he turned up his nose at his finery and the shabbier and shabbier his own outfit seemed to him to grow.
16 In another moment he was flying down the street with his pail and a tingling rear, Tom was whitewashing with vigor, and Aunt Polly was retiring from the field with a slipper in her hand and triumph in her eye.
17 To which Tom responded with jeers, and started off in high feather, and as soon as his back was turned the new boy snatched up a stone, threw it and hit him between the shoulders and then turned tail and ran like an antelope.
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